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IMO Journey to USA

Project International Monitoring undertakes Interviewjourneys to get insights into the areaspecific approaches for the advancement of innovative ability. Renowned, international experts in the fields of work structuring, educationresearch and capacity building will be interviewed about their personal outlook on innovation and the designs of their respective national innovationsystems. At the same time these interviews will be used to examine the results of the german A-L-K-program from an international point of view.

IMO project completed interviews with the following experts in the U.S.A.:

Sören Kaplan

Sören Kaplan is a lecturer at the Imagineering Academy of the NHTV Breda University of Applied Sciences as well as a senior business owner and co-founder of InnovationPoint in San Francisco. InnovationPoint is a consulting firm that supports over 500 global, successful companies in developing strategic approaches to innovation. Kaplan’s main focus is on advising companies in terms of growth, sustainable and self-reliant innovation as well as with regard to detecting innovative potential.

Christine Kuglen

Christine Kuglen is founder and director of the Innovations Academy Charter School in San Diego. After graduating in sociology at the University of California in Santa Barbara, she acquired qualifications and certificates for bilingual teaching. After six years of teaching experience at public schools she founded the Innovations Academy which is based on the pedagogical principles of constructivist didactics within which learning is multimedia-based, self-organized, participative, constructive, and willing to take risks. This is made possible by corresponding areas of freedom, a holistic approach to problems and open communication processes.

Lonnie Rowell

Lonnie Rowell is a lecturer and program director in the counseling program at the School of Leadership and Education Sciences (SOLES) at the University of San Diego. Previously, he held various faculty positions and professorships at universities in California and has been a guest lecturer at the University of Victoria in Canada as well as the Yanaan University in China. He teaches and writes in the areas of school counseling, school reform, action research, counseling guidance and politics as well as development programs in education. He is also a consultant in the topic area of “competence development and innovation capability” at the University of San Diego.

Eilif Trondsen

Eilif Trondsen is a program and research director at Strategic Business Insights (SBI). The company combines continuous research activities with consulting services in order to gain knowledge that affects customers, businesses and technologies as well as to identify new opportunities on the basis of modern technology and market knowledge. From 1997 to 2004 he worked as a program and research manager in the business intelligence department of SRI International (Stanford Research Institute). His research focus is on the area of using technology to improve business performance, workplace learning and innovation processes.

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